No More Church

No More Church

(1/80, f8, iso-100, 10mm)

A remastered version of a photo I posted in color on November 21st of 2011. Because of the contrasts on this early morning in Villanueva de Jalon (60km southwest of Zaragoza, Spain) I opted for black and white while remastering.
Here‘s the original photo/post.

86 thoughts on “No More Church

    • Haha, thanks so much, Noelle, this was a very special place for me, spend lots of sunrises there…
      You make me a happy photoblogger with your enthousiasm, lots of love to you too, Noelle.
      Hugs, Ron

  1. For some reason this photo really speaks to me. I just want to escape into this image, touch and feel the precious debris that’s laying on the ground, to try and hear what the broken pieces are saying.
    Truly captivating.

    • Oh, very bad of me to be seeing and responding to this so late, Whitney, sorry for that, but thanks so much for your enthousiasm and interest; such an amazing place to be and exactly like you said it feels very special to be in a place where you can feel history and sotries pouring from every stone!
      Feels like a world away having moved from Spain to Malaysia, but this photo makes me be there again for a little while…
      Hope all is well, greetings, Ron.

      • Thanks, Jerry, and in a way I would love to have it without the trails, TOO. But one thing you have to live with in Spain is those chemtrails and the electric wiring, here i thought I´ll use the trails for adding depth and strengthening the lines of the walls and roofbench and also the diffence between these old crumbling buildings and modern life going on…
        Thanks for your feedback, greetings, Ron.

        • It is the same here in Texas Rondje. I get so upset when I see a great shot and I have to leave it un shot because of such photo polution…electric wires, chemtrails or some unwanted thing in the photo. However, I see your point and where the trails did ad a sense of depth. 😉 Still a beautiful B&W.

    • Ai, thats not nice to be responding so nice; somehow missed it here, but very grateful nonetheless by your comment, thanks so much, Fern, hope all is well, greetz, Ron.

    • Thanks very much, Burnett, and I´m very sorry for responding more than a year later, but still appreciate your enthousiasm, hope all is well,
      Greetings, Ron.

    • Thanks, Laurence, sorry to be seeing this so late, but from an abandoned buildings and landscape enthousiast this is great to hear 😉
      Greetings, Ron.

    • Thank you, Tina, Always nice to have a view through the ceiling, also handy when you need some extra natural light coming in 😉
      Greetings, Ron

    • Hi Mamjakty, i agree, but in some parts of Spain it´s pretty hard to find a place without and here I hoped it added to the desolate feel versus modern life flying overhead 😉
      Thanks for your thoughts on this one and greetings, Ron.

    • Thanks, Scott, well true, but I do learn a lot with all these different opinions about what people like most and with this one I think it´s not so obvious to decide on the two, but like you said, i dont have to 😉
      Warm greetings from Spain, Ron.

    • Dank je wel, Henk, ja? is het zo duidelijk? 😉
      Bedankt voor het compliment en ja, denk dat naturbex ofzo wel een term zou zijn voor wat ik mooi vind…
      Groet, Ron.

    • Thanks, Liz, great to hear all the different views on this one, totally understand where you´re coming from 😉
      Warm greetings from Spain, Ron.

    • Thanks a lot, Lou, very nice to hear your feedback on these ones; guess the b&w with contrast makes it more gritty and dramatic.
      All the best to you and thanks again for your thoughts, Ron.

    • Muchas gracias, Heather! I think the long shadows from the (really) early sunlight just coming over the mountainrange which you see in the distance makes nice long shadows in b&w 😉
      Saludos, Ron.

    • Wow, thanks so much, Shirley, very nice to hear; I guess I´m most and for all very lucky to be able to go to these places at the right time 🙂
      All the best to you too, ron.

  2. Ron, I think that colour photo is more beautiful. I prefer the soil colours… I don’t know if you understand me. However, this photo in BN it’s beautiful too. Greetings!

    • Muchas gracias, Juan, nice to see lots of different opinions; yours is very understandable too and means you took your time to look at them and then I think the colored version is more rewarding too. Thanks and I totally understand. Saludos, Ron.

    • Thanks, Adrian, and also for asking me over at The Digital Lightroom (will come up with my 5 shortly), love your constant quality work.
      All the best to you Ron.

    • Thank you, Shannon, seems more and me too think both are deserving life, which is great to hear 🙂
      All the best and thanks for support, Greetz, Ron.

  3. The black and white is quite haunting. The airplane trails really stand out – makes one think of the possibility that this church was bombed; but that’s just how I read it. The modern world and the ancient…

    • Ahh, didnt see that bombing feel you mean now, should have been Obvious, after more research I found there has been some in the civil war, with the Guernica example being the worst. This one was ´luckily´ just abandoned because the walk up and down to the river which lies 50 meters below was too much for the villagers 🙂
      Have a great week, Ron.

    • Thank you, Louis, thats exactly what is I think the main story of the photo, the intrigue about its past life, so thanks for saying that, greetings, Ron.

    • Yep, theres no reason to choose, cuz I have em both 😉
      Maybe the b&w works well to get your first attention but once you take the time out, the color version maybe even has more to tell…
      Hope all is well, all the best, Ron.

    • Thanks, Melinda, I think my thoughts were exactly those ot make it B&W, even more drama, although I like the soft sunlight on those old orangish walls, its not so dramatic! Greetz, Ron.

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